In what was definitely a football game, despite the basketball-like score, Riverdale won 57-45 in an absolute shootout at Centennial Friday night when the Murfreesboro team came to visit.
The Cougars were underdogs, but played like a team possessed. Quarterback Tre Stewart and receiver Tavion Fleming and running back Tre Carlton went off. Fleming had two 70-yard plus touchdown catches, while Carlton ran for two and on defense returned an interception for a score.
Riverdale’s Savion Davis had a huge game, scoring five rushing touchdowns and another one on a kick return.
Centennial jumped out to an early lead, with Stewart finding Fleming for a 77-yard score just more than a minute into the game. The Cougars held back the Riverdale offense, and went on to score a Johnny Crouch field goal to go up 10-0.
The Warriors responded with a big kickoff return, which Davis capped with a 1-yard touchdown run, making it 10-7 after one.
Things went wild in the second quarter. The teams scored three touchdowns in less than a minute of game time: Centennial, on a 35-yard Carlton run went up 17-7 at 11:12, then Riverdale’s Jarek Campbell caught a 70-yard touchdown pass, just 20 seconds later, then Stewart hit Fleming for a 78-yard score at 10:24, putting the Cougars up 24-14.
Centennial extended its lead then with a drive topped by a 10-yard Carlton score, giving them a 17-point lead, 31-14 about halfway through the second quarter.
But how quickly things change. In just the next half a quarter, Riverdale scored 21-straight points,
First, Stewart fumbled at the CHS 43 and immediately after Davis scored on a 41-yard run. Then Stewart fumbled again, this time on the CHS 24, and who but Davis then ran it all the way in. Riverdale, with 1:27 left in the half, Riverdale took its first lead of the game, 35-31.
Of course nothing slowed down in the second half.
To open the second half, Carlton ran an interception back 56 yard for a Cougar score, retaking the lead 38-35.
Davis scored his fourth touchdown on a 21-yarder on the Warriors next drive, 42-38 with 10:09 left in third.
Somehow, that was the last score of the third. But the fourth began with a Jariel Wilson 8-yard touchdown run less than a minute into the fourth, flip-flopping the lead one more time, 45-42.
Of course, in this game, Davis (who else?) returned the kick and immediately made it a 50-45 Riverdale lead, after a successful two-point attempt.
The Cougars could not respond for the rest of the game. Davis, scoring his sixth touchdown and fifth rushing touchdown of the game, put things out of reach with a 12-yard scamber with 1:13 left in the game. The final score was set, 57-45.